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Old October 7th, 2003, 12:38 PM   #1
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Panasonic 80min tapes

Can i use 80min Panasonic tapes with canon xl1s.
another question is there any recomendation for using panasonic 60min tape (Datalive plus) or somthing like that.?
is it good or bad.
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Old October 7th, 2003, 12:57 PM   #2
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You -can- use 80 minute tapes with the XL1s. But the general feeling is that it's just a touch riskier than the 60 min tapes due to a thinner tape material (to fit into the same size cassette).

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Old October 7th, 2003, 01:02 PM   #3
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I'm looking all over this forum. (its grate) but there is no specific explenation for this matter
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Old October 7th, 2003, 01:06 PM   #4
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You should find plenty of tape information in this list.
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Old October 7th, 2003, 07:57 PM   #5
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I use Panasonic tape without any problems. I usually use the 60 minute tapes rather than the 80 minute tapes for two reasons. First: The 60 minute tape are a lot lower cost and work fine for my shoots (rarely over 60 miutes without time to change tape). Second: as Ken stated, the 80 minute tapes are thinner base and thus would be a bit more prone to stretching or other mecahnical failure.
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Old October 8th, 2003, 12:58 PM   #6
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I agree. There is nothing wrong with 80 minute tapes (I think Chris Hurd uses them) other than they are thinner and may be more prone to problems.
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Old October 16th, 2003, 04:24 PM   #7
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We use 'em

We use the 80 min Panasonic tapes A LOT, and even worse, sometimes in LP mode...

We've used 6 boxes this year which is 30 tapes, and have not had any problems with them in any of our cams:
2 GL1's, 2 VX2K's, and 1 XL1s. (knock on wood)

On an unrelated note, we've also started extensively 'recycling' used 60 minute tapes and have had only a handful of dropouts (where old program material came through on top of new material) out of 50 or 60 60-min tapes we've recycled...

Those are 1-time recycles.

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